Jeremiah 30:6 - Ask and see: Can a man bear children? Then why do I see every strong man with his hands on his stomach like a woman in labor, every face turned deathly pale?
You clutch your stomach. The pain is back.
Everyone experiences a stomach ache from time-to-time, but there’s a big difference between a stomach ache and stomach pain.
A stomach ache can make can make you:
Stomach pain can make you:
When in doubt as to whether you have a simple stomach ache or if it’s real pain, it’s important to see your doctor. Only he can truly diagnose your problem and figure out if what you’re feeling is something to be concerned about.
Some of the things a doctor may do are:
Here are some other reason for your stomach issue and whether it’s serious listed on everydayhealth.com in their article, “9 Common Digestive Conditions From Top to Bottom,” such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or gallstones, and how to treat them.
Take a look at the Bible verse above; there are times when even a man can clutch his stomach like a woman in labor. Understanding the difference between a stomach ache and stomach pain is important to know so that a decision can be made if it’s something that should be checked out by a healthcare professional. If your pain becomes so intense that you can’t function, know that God can give you the wisdom you need and can point you in the right direction to get the attention to help heal your problem.
Psalm 73:26 - My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
Here we are at another Valentine’s Day. Hearts swell with love as one Valentine gives a gift to the other. The gift is meant to express their love by something tangible. But a gift alone won’t prove your love; it must also be expressed in action. All of this leads to two hearts beating together in the rhythm of their love.
When a couple first meets their heartbeats can flutter as they get to know each other. It’s like as if they’re in highschool when just seeing each other from across the classroom is enough to pick up the beat of their hearts.
When a couple begins to date, they get to know each other and their hearts begin to approach a link together just as a chair links when the clasp is closed.
And so it goes, the couple falls in love, and they can feel their hearts beating as one. They long for each other when they are away, and enjoy each other when they are together.
But then it happens. They argue, no longer seem to have the same interests and find themselves falling out of love. Their hearts no longer beat to the same rhythm they used to.
Arrithmias. They can happen when two people fall out of love. And their heart begins to beat separately instead of together. And so it can be in the life of the body.
An arrhythmia or irregular heartbeat, changes the rhythm of the heart. It means that it can beat too quickly, slowly or in an irregular pattern. I should know, because I have three different arrhythmias.
I have atrial flutter, where a circuit of electrical signals forms in one of the upper portions of my heart called the atria. I also have atrial fibrillation, where there are many circuits of electrical signals that form inside the atria of my heart. These circuits and irregular electrical signals are what cause the arrhythmias. The other rhythm problem that I have is skipped or extra beats of my heart which makes an uneven pattern.
Medicalnewstoday.com, in their article, “Arrhythmia: Causes, Symptoms, Types and Treatment,” provide us with some answers about arrhythmias. They break down the types of arrhythmias into slow heartbeat (bradycardia), fast heartbeat (tachycardia), irregular heartbeat (flutter or fibrillation), and early heartbeat (premature contraction). It also provides causes such as an overactive thyroid gland, symptoms such as fluttering in the chest, and treatments such as medications or ablation therapy.
I had an ablation procedure to help alieveate atrial flutter. Using two catheters the doctor went through blood vessels in my groin up to my heart. Once in the heart, the doctor burned the area where the source of the flutter was coming from.
All of this information may seem a bit overwhelming at first. But with the information on any procedure to be performed and a doctor you can trust, many times the arrhythmia can be eliminated or at least provide relief from the symptoms for you.
Notice the Bible verse above. In it you can see that even if our heart fails to do its job correctly, God is the strength of our heart and will watch over us forever.
Deuteronomy 29:5 - Yet the LORD says, “During the forty years that I led you through the wilderness, your clothes did not wear out, nor did the sandals on your feet.”
You’ve been on your feet, at work, all day. You can hardly wait until you get home, take off your shoes and sit down. Your feet just ache.
It’s common for our feet to hurt after a long day. They may throb some, but it’s not bad enough to dig deeper into what to do.
You know the drill:
These things are mostly common sense and you probably already make sure your shoes are right.
But what if your feet hurt whether you’re on your feet or not? Is there a time when you should be worried when they throb, burn, are hard to bend or you’re unable to stand without being in pain? In these cases, it would be wise to make an appointment with your physician to check your feet.
There are many reasons for your doctor to come into the picture:
Verywellhealth.com, in their article, “Common Causes of Foot Pain,” details other reasons for foot pain such as tarsal tunnel syndrome which is similar to carpal tunnel syndrome, but affects the main nerve that goes to your foot. Turf toe is also detailed where you can develop a sprain at the base of the big toe causing toe cramping and pain.
Once you understand the difference between minor foot pain and those of a more serious nature, you can know whether it’s time to call your physician. He can suggest a treatment plan and how you can minimize your pain.
Take a look at the Bible verse above and you’ll see that God cares about your health, even that of your feet. The Israelites had traveled through the wilderness for forty years. In that time, neither their clothes nor sandals wore out. If God cared about the Israelite’s feet, then he will take care of your feet as well.
Psalm 102:13 – You will arise and have compassion on Zion, for it is time to show favor to her, the appointed time has come.
The sun’ll come out tomorrow so ya gotta hang on ‘til tomorrow come what may. Tomorrow! Tomorrow! I love ya tomorrow! You’re always a day a way!
And so the song says. When you battle a chronic health condition, sometimes we don’t feel like tomorrow is something to cheer for. We just feel like there’s no sense waiting for a better day that will never arrive.
Tomorrow you may be feeling better.
But tomorrow you may be feeling worse.
Tomorrow you may be able to finally get those chores done.
But tomorrow your body may be bombarded with spasms and you can’t do anything.
Tomorrow you may be able to visit with a group of friends and have fun.
But tomorrow you may have to spend the day alone longing for company.
Tomorrow other people will understand you’re in pain, even if you don’t look like it.
But tomorrow people may make fun of you and say you’re just faking it.
Tomorrow they may finally find a cure.
But tomorrow they may have no idea on how to cure you.
So, let’s all put on our bright and shiny faces and sing the song, “Tomorrow,” with gusto. What do you think? Can we find a reason to believe tomorrow will be a better day? And what about that cure? How can I get to a place where I’m able to move forward in life even without a cure? Even if they never find a cure?
While thinking about this I pulled up an article on kevinmd.com, titled, “Living with an Illness for Which There is no Cure.” One of the most amazing statements was made in the article: everyone knows we’re going to die, someday, but we still participate in life. We don’t think about dying every day. Every moment. And that’s how it is for someone who has an incurable disease or someone who is healthy.
I think it’s about living life to the fullest in the way that your mind and body shape it. You may not be able to do much because of chronic pain or you illness. Or you may have to stay where you live instead of traveling, because you need to be able to receive treatments that might save your life.
So instead of focusing on a cure that may never come, we can begin to believe that we no longer have to feel that being “cured” is the only way to lead a joyful fulfilled life. I know, it’s not going to be easy to do that, but God will arise and show you compassion. He will show you that the appointed time has come for you to resume living life the best way you can. And that, my friend, will show you that you don’t have to just stand on the sidelines waiting for a better day to come. You can make today that better day. And yes, the sun will come up tomorrow.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.